Who’s Wrestling’s Next Face (or Heel)?

Billy Corgan

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Former Smashing Pumpkins rock star Billy Corgan is stepping into the arena of pro wrestling. He’s joining the TNA Impact circuit as a senior producer of creative and talent development, vowing to bring exciting new goons and stories to the ring.

Maybe his first new character could be named Jack O. Lantern. One thing’s for sure: if we start seeing wrestlers tossing pumpkins around the ring, we’ll know it was just a cheap stunt to sell more records.

If the project works, we could see other show biz types giving this a shot. Here’s my top 10 list of Other Entertainers Most Likely to Enter Pro Wrestling:

Bubba the Love Sponge
It would be a return to TNA Impact for Bubba, who’s previously been associated with the circuit as a ring announcer and commentator. The controversy is built-in. There’s that tape of his then-wife Heather having sex with Hulk Hogan. After meeting the terrestrial and satellite radio star last week at a conference in L.A., I’m convinced wrestling could use the big fella.

If for nothing more than to join his namesake in the business. While @Sting the wrestler-turned promoter has over 437,000 Twitter followers, @OfficialSting has less than half that total and has been a bomb on Broadway so far. Maybe the brainy singer needs to try dumbing it down a bit.

Insane Clown Posse
These guys would never have to change outfits!


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Perfect name for the wrestling business. He definitely would look good as a manager, clobbering someone with a chair from the corner.

Kanye West
He could manage ALL the heels. Crowds would love to hate him.

Trace Adkins
The big country legend might understand this angle of show biz better than anyone. He’s acted in a number of films, including a great turn as the head of a Harley gang in Lincoln Lawyer. Plus, at 6’6″ he’d be awesome IN the ring.


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Adam Levine
The guy is literally everywhere else right now–music, TV, movies, acne treatment ads. Why not the ring?

Gotta have a woman on this list. Nobody’s gonna mess with Pink.

Elton John
The timing is right. WWE star Darren Young is already out of the closet. And Sir Elton’s flashy wardrobe from the 70s could make a big comeback.

Billy Corgan’s leap is going to be just the start of this trend. If we’re missing anyone, feel free to add ’em to the Comments section below.

Dave Coombs is a longtime morning radio host. He swears broadcasting is real.

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